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 Vladimir Kramnik - “You know, our ratings after this match will be very close - I think I can also become the world number one in the not too distant future. However, I'm sure that Garry will also have something to say about this”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “With the Berlin I was able to set up a fortress that he could come near but not breach.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “Only he, who penetrates into the depth of the game, can express his personality in it.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “Once he had selected the path he was going down he really had to stick with it in a 16 game match. He had to try and hit in the one direction but unfortunately for him - though fortunately for me - he hit in the wrong direction.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “Okay, when you start to fight for equality, like Anand did in 1995, you could end up losing game 10, like he did, without putting up any kind of fight.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “Now, two years have passed and the situation is completely different no one wants to organise this match.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “My way of playing is very different and Karpov plays very differently as well.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “It made a big difference to my match stamina. I couldn't imagine I would have been so energetic during the match - it really gave me a welcomed extra boost”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “I made a better decision in choosing my team. Sure, I had a bigger choice of players to choose from - but I couldn't have asked for a harder working group of players who did an incredible job.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “I feel that my relationship with Kasparov now is much the same as it had been before the match - good. As for his reaction, well it can't be nice to lose your title after so long, but he was very generous.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “I don't like to show my emotions at the board, not because they might give something away to an opponent, but because that's my style I like to keep it to myself.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “I am convinced, the way one plays chess always reflects the player's personality. If something defines his character, then it will also define his way of playing.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “I accepted that the endgame was better for White, but he has to win over the board, not with his legendary home preparation - that's crucial”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “For us chess players the language of artist is something natural.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “Every top player has his own style, just as every painter has his own personal signature.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “Chess is an infinitely complex game, which one can play in infinitely numerous and varied ways.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “But with the Berlin, I was able to allow him to get near, but not quite near enough, and I knew where to draw the line with the fortresses I had set up.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “At some point he seemed to lose all confidence trying to break down the Berlin Wall. He was still fighting as only Kasparov can, but I could see it in his eyes that he knew he wasn't going to win one of these games.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “An impatient person plays differently than a more patient person.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “After such a tough match you need time to recuperate. You can't play such a match in the same year you need at least a couple of years.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “No - I'm quite calm inside during the game for most of the time - not 100, but generally very calm.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “In this respect I suppose I'm the total opposite of Garry. With his very emotive body language at the board he shows and displays all his emotions. I don't.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “The Berlin Defence suited my strategy for the match. I had a defensive strategy - Actually, I had in my pocket some other sharper stuff to fall back on - but first I wanted to try the defensive strategy with Black and it worked so well.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “When I speak of the beauty of a game of chess, then naturally this is subjective. Beauty can be found in a very technical, mathematical game for example. That is the beauty of clarity.”
 Vladimir Kramnik - “The development of beauty in chess never depends on you alone. No matter how much imagination and creativity you invest, you still do not create beauty. Your opponent must react at the same highest level.”

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